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Canfield Speech & Debate Team Boasts Best Performance at National Tournament


The Canfield Speech & Debate Team attended the 2017 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in Birmingham, AL, from June 17-24, 2017.  Over 4,500 total students throughout the United States competed in 15 different categories.  Ultimately, Canfield had its best ever performance at the NSDA National Tournament!

Canfield students earning recognition were:

Zachery Bernat, a senior, finished 8th in the nation in Humorous Interpretation.  Zachery was also the 2017 OHSSL State Champion in Humorous Interpretation, and he plans to attend Western Kentucky University with a scholarship to compete on their nationally renowned Speech & Debate Team.  

Eva Lamberson, a junior, finished 15th in the nation in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Grant DeCapua, a senior, and Michael Factor, a junior, finished in the Top 46 teams in the nation in Public Forum Debate.  

Jen Smith and Dominic DuPonty, juniors, finished in the Top 66 teams in the nation in Public Forum Debate.

Carson Markley, a senior, finished in the Top 60 in the nation in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

Not advancing beyond preliminary competition were Dominic DeRamo, a sophomore, in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and Drake Safranic, a junior, in Congressional Debate.

Additionally, based on the performance of the attending debaters, Canfield earned a Debate School of Excellence Award, placing Canfield in the Top 20 debate programs at the NSDA National Tournament who did not receive a combined speech, debate, and congress Top 10 overall award.  Canfield was one of only 2 teams from Ohio to earn a School of Excellence Award at the 2017 NSDA National Tournament, along with University School from the greater Cleveland area.

Canfield's Speech & Debate Team has been recognized by the NSDA as being among the Top 100 strongest programs in the United States since the 2010-2011 season.

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